BCCI looking to push back the South Africa tour by one week

India’s South Africa tour is surrounded by more doubts than ever, with the rise of the Omicron variant in the African country. On Thursday, a BCCI official in conversation with ANI revealed that the board plans to push back the tour by one week, considering the circumstances.

ANI reported the source saying, “We are discussing the to push back the series by a week… we are awaiting the Indian government nod, both boards are in constant touch, and everything is being discussed. The health and safety of our players is of utmost importance.”

Anurag Thakur, the union minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, also voiced his concern for the player’s health. Thakur appealed to the BCCI and other sporting boards to contact the central government before sending a sports team or contingent to a country with rising cases of the new variant. “It is not right to send a team to a country where there is a threat, if BCCI consults us, we will deliberate,” Thakur told ANI.

Earlier, the South African government, too, put out a statement praising BCCI was not withdrawing from the tour right away. They further extended their support to the India A team already participating in the second unofficial test match against their South African counterpart. The foreign ministry of South Africa also assured complete protection for the senior team as well.